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Moray Chamber of Commerce awarded Silver Employer Recognition Award


By Jonathan Clark

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MORAY Chamber of Commerce has been awarded the Silver Employer Recognition Award – which recognises employers that support the military community – for the second time.

The Chamber, which has signed the armed forces covenant and already holds the bronze certificate, previously received the award in 2016.

To be the recipient for the Silver Award, the Chamber must actively ensure that their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards defence people issues such as a reserves policy.

Moray Chamber of Commerce must also proactively demonstrate that service personnel and the armed forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruiting and selection processes.

Sarah Medcraf, chief executive officer of Moray Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded the Silver Award for the second time as we work towards our Gold status.

Roy McLellan presents Sarah Medcraf and Moray Chamber of Commerce with the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Roy McLellan presents Sarah Medcraf and Moray Chamber of Commerce with the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

"The military is very much an engrained part of our community here in Moray through the personnel, reservists, veterans and spouses and we want equity across the region for them.

“We are proud of our achievement and would encourage any business thinking of pledging their support to do so.

"We have been involved with the military for many years from leading the campaign to save RAF Lossiemouth in 2011 alongside our community partners to having members of our team take part in an Executive Stretch programme.

"The knowledge and experience shared between military and civilian personnel can be hugely beneficial to all.”

Roy McLellan, regional employer engagement director for the Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, presented the award to the Chamber.

Roy McLellan presents Sarah Medcraf and Moray Chamber of Commerce with the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Roy McLellan presents Sarah Medcraf and Moray Chamber of Commerce with the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

He said: “I am delighted to be presenting our Silver Employer Recognition Award to Moray Chamber of Commerce as a long-time signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant and a participant in this year’s Gold Award.

"More importantly, I welcome the organisation’s stated commitment to supporting serving and former military personnel, reservists, and military families.

“The armed forces are responsible for the first duty of government – the defence of the realm.

"Those affected directly or indirectly by this duty often need additional support and flexibility in relation to civilian employment and the commitment demonstrated by Moray Chamber through the covenant makes a huge difference.”


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